Over 70 local children and adults joined council staff on Wednesday to celebrate the official opening of a new play park in Estover.
The park at Miller Way has been fitted with new and refurbished equipment with a dedicated, fenced area for toddlers. Meanwhile, a brand new BMX dirt track has been installed.
Hands Up For Plymouth Play, a project led by Plymouth City Council, hosted the event with colleagues from Youth Services and laid on a barbeque, free bike maintenance with Plymotion, painting and much, much more to celebrate the opening of the new facility.
Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “I’m delighted to see the park at Miller Way fully open.
“We have a very clear policy to provide high quality play spaces within 400m of people’s homes and it’s so great to see children enjoying themselves during the half-term holiday.
“It’s so important that children have great places to play outdoors and access to nature. We know that when they do, they become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, have more active imaginations, lower stress levels, play more creatively and have greater respect for themselves and others.”
Miller Way is just one of a number of parks to benefit from the pledge to invest announced in May, which has since been branded Hands Up For Plymouth Play.
As part of evidence gathering for the Joint Local Plan, the council carried out an assessment of all of its play spaces across the city with 29 out of 126 outdoor play spaces rated as poor or very poor, according to Play England’s quality rating.
Whilst these sites will be targeted for improvement with the addition of new features to include natural play, there are also plans to develop play areas where there are gaps in provision.